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Loyalty card on hold

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, January 24, 2014    

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THE Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) has put on hold its plans to introduce a loyalty card.

According to Derrick Thompson, JGRA president, the decision was a calculated one.

"Based on the current situation with the economy, we decided that now wouldn't be the ideal time to do so," he told Auto.

Talk of the cards surfaced from as early as 2012 and meetings were held with potential suppliers.

"We still have it on the books, though. It is something we would want to do," he continued.

Earlier this month, JGRA was involved in a stand-off with GP Energy, local operator of Texaco. GP Energy's termination of contracts for three service stations sparked a two-day shutdown of Texaco service stations islandwide.

The matter has since been resolved.

"All 25 Texaco contractors have been given a commitment that their contracts will be renewed. Our thing is that we, the JGRA, have to follow up on that commitment," he said.

Formed 63 years ago, the JGRA has 180 members.

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